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good evening. just s days to go nountil what could be a reshaping midterm election all across this country. we've been telling you about a possible shift in power in congress from democrats to republicans. tonight, the democrats have launched a new effort to change those numbers a bit. the question is, does it amount to trying to hold back an unstoppable tide with very little time left? we have all of it covered tonight, beginning witour political director and chief white house correspondent chuck todd in washington. chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, bria the president and the white house are simply in a save what they can mode. and when you look at his wkend schedule, it is all about save some house seats. it starts friday in charlottesville. that's only for a house seat. then bridgeport, connecticut, again just for a house race. philadelphia and cleveland combined, there are about eight
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democratic held seats there that the president might be able to help with there. then there's chicago. while he's focused on his senate seat and the governor's race, the are about four seats they think they can save there. the democrats, if they're going to lose control, they don't want to lose control badly. the presidentoday is focused on his base on the airwaves. jon stewart fans lining up to see an interview with the president. it's a last-hin minute media blilts trying to get out the vote. >> welcome to "the daily show." >> reporr: white house aides hoping a "daily show" appearance energizes young voters. who helped propel mr. obama into office two years ago. all week, the president in radio interviews has reached o to different parts of his 2008 core suort groups. this time it's about rescuing vulnerable democrats in house and senate races. today, he tried to speak to frustrated moderates. >> people don't want to hear a lot of happy talk, and we shouldn't pretenthat we've
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solved every problem out there. we've got a lot of work to do. but i am very proud of what we've accomplished over the last two years. >> reporter: tuesday's focus, african-americans on reverend al sharpton's show. >> anybody who's concerned about the direction of the country has to understand that this election is just as important as 2008. >> so even though your name is not on the ballot, this is about your agenda and about the progresshat we have seen you begin to make over t last 20 odd months. >> absolutely. >> reporter: 10 of the 50 most vulnerle house seats have an africaamerican population of more than 20%, or twice the national average. and another 10 of those 50 districts have a high latino population. monday, he spoke to a hispanic offi, the president depending his efforts to get comprehensive immigration rerm. >> there's no place where the latino vote doesn't matter. >> reporter: now, the president
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just wrapped up his interview with jon stewart, brian. i can tell you about two compelling moments about health care and the process there, the president defending the process. jon stewart attacking it. and then jon stewart hitting him for hiring larry summers. at one point, the president said he did a heck of a job. and jon stewart says thamay not be a phrase you want to use. brian? >> that's what passes for politics tonight. chuck todd in washington starting off our coverage. chuck, thanks. california republican senate candidate cay fiorina was released from the hospital today after an overnight stay. she was treated for an infection related to the reconstruction surgery she had after she was successfully treated for breast cancer. she's due to resume her campgn schedule tomorrow against senator barbara boxer. also in california, it's been a tense and very nasty race for governor there, which brin us to a moment from a candidate forum at the maria shriver women's conference yesterday. with the current governor sitting there among them, matt
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lauer asked democrat jerry brown and republican meg whitman whether they would be willing to tone it down in the homestretch. >> would either of you, or both of you, be willing to make a pledge that you would end the negativity? [ applause ] >> if meg wants to do that, i'll be glad to do that. we can settle a little discussion tay and work something out. >> here's what i'll do. i wi take down any ads that could even be remotely be construed as a personal attack. but i don't think we can take down t ads that talk about where governor brown stands on the issues. i just think it's not the right thing to do. >> you heard the crowd there. now the brown campaign just today released a tv ad that shows just that exchange, urging whitman and all other candates to take down negative ads for the remainder of the race. david gregory, the moderator of "meet the press" with us.
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from the "meet the press" studio in washington. on this past sunday's show, you took us on kind of a tour of the major races, where this race stands. tonight, let's talk about the effect of this negativity in these races. >> primarily, it is frustratio you hear voters around the country moaning the negativity in this campaign. all the more so in the final stretch. well, it's important to remember that that negivity is generated by theampaigns themselves. d why? because if you're in a tight race, if you're an incumbent, the only thing you can do her if you're behind is try to do a personal takedown of your opponent, make this is a fitness to lead issue. that's what you see playing out around the country. this is the best play they have to prevail in these races, democrats or other incumbents. look at the map, where we see this playing out. key senate races, alaska, nevada, and kentucky. we've seen governor's races too, the fallout from the governor's debate in florida. and yes, california.
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why doesn't meg whman want to take down those negative ads. because jerry brown has positive ratings. she wants t chip away at at. you drill down deeper and what do you find? sometimes it wos, sometimes it doesn't. in alaska, lisa murkowski was the republican candidate, she was in a debate. she said joe is not fit to leave. she's been hitng him hard. they're in a deadlock race. but it can be a gamble that doesn't pay off. in kentucky, and paul five-point favorite. why? because jack conway, hard hitting ad against rand paul, questioning religion, past allegations,hings that went on in his youth. it backfired. high negative ratings for conway. this is a double edge sword and we'll see a lot of this in the spri of the finish. >> david, we'll look for you this sunday on "meet the press" the last one before the big election. > now tonight a closer look at
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the race forovernor in florida, which jumped into the national spotlight this week when cameras caught the decratic candidate doing something during a debate that wasot allowed. for his part, the republican candidate in this race already has a ton of baggage of his own from his previous job. our own ron mott has our report from miami. >> reporter: the nationally televised gubernatorial debate in florida featured somethg off script. republican rick scott in a tightly contested race against democrat alex sink accused her of cheating after a makeup artist approached her during a commercial break with a text message. the message, the attorney who won the suit said alex sink did nothing wrong. inside baseball, perhaps, but scott couldn't wait to swingor the fences whe the debate resumed. >> first, alex, you say you always follow the rules. the first is no messages during
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the break and your campaign did with an ipad. >> reporter: wrong device, right to the point. >> did you know the rules? >> reporter: sink tried repeatedly to explain the gaffe. >> i'm a mom. my daughter is in europe, i don't know who this message is from. i glanced at it. i didn't understand even what it was, and i just ignored it. just like i think all of us would do, when somebody taps you on your shoulder, says you have a message here, of course you're going to look. but i couldn't tell you whatt said. >> reporter: with so much to talk about in the sunshine state -- her performance as the state's chief financial officer, his former hospital company paying a record $1.7 billion fine for medicare fraud, not to mention jobs and the economy, this goof rules the chatter six delays before the election. >> florida is florida. welways expect the unexpected, but i don't think there's a person in florida that expected this kind of incident to happen in a statewide debate and now, of course, it's dominating the
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news. >> reporter: polls show this race is neck and neck. two to three percentage points separating the candidates ana question a lot of fos are asking is whether this slipup will have any impact come tuesday. >> it heats up iflorida. ron, thanks for that. another big storin the news again tonight, the weather. a storm that has covered half of the united states, much of north america for that matter. in size and scope, the storm is a monster. look at that. it would be a category 3 if it was on water. it set a record for intensity and thheart of the form hasn't moved much. it's still parked right there over northern minnesota. but look at the damage that springs out from it, a then pin wheels around the country. our own tom costello has been following it all from washington. tom, good evening. >> repter: much of the country feels wind blown tonight, having endured 40 to 60-mile-an-hour winds, rain, tornadoes, and
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setting records along the way. never in recorded u.s. history have they seen barometric pressures this low, never! cutting across much of the country's midsection today, a trail of destruction. injuries but no deaths. in north carolina, mobe homes were torn apart, houses shredded, trees uprooted. in illinois, back-to-back tornadoes. >> right behind that tornado, when it was o the ground, there was a smaller one probably 300 to 500 feet behind it. but it did not touch the ground. >> reporter: andn entire barn blown away. >> my wife called me up and said thbarn blew down. >> reporter: in suburban chicago, a massive tree crashed through helen miller's car, impaling her on a limb. she survived. >> it fell just below the lungs, but just above the stomach. so effectively it only punctured some fat and some muscle tissue. >> reporter: both wisconsin and minnesota set all-time record barometric pressure lows.
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setting up what meteorologists call a weather bomb. >> gusting over 40 to 60 miles an hour, across the northern plains and spreading into the great lake states. >> reporter: helping feed 400 severe wind events and a string of tornadoes across the northern plains and midwest states. in total, more than tornadoes. the weather channel's mike seidel is on lake michigan. >> for the second day in a row, we 'been hammered by 50 to 60-mile-an-hour wind gusts. reconfiguring the entire beach. this dune wasn't even here yesterday morning. >> reporter: tornadoes also ripped through communities in tennessee and alabama. >> horrifying, honestly. it was just scary. >> reporter: and the bad weather continued through the day. atlanta was in the eye of the storm through much of th afternoon. in washington, a driving rain midday. while out west, snow in salt lake. a taste of a season to ce. it's all led to hundreds of flight cancellations and delays of one to two hours from minneapolis to chicago. atlanta all the way up to e
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east coast. the good news is a colder front is moving through. by tomorrow, brian, the worst should be over. >> but first, a second straigh wild night for millions of americans. tom coello in washington. tom, as always, thanks. when our broadcast continues in just a ment, a new look at a dangerous injury among high school football players, raising new concern among parts. and later, an artist raising awareness about a crucial health issue and making a differencin a place that needs it. had a heart attack caused by a completely blocked artery, another heart attack could be lurking, waiting to strike. a heart attack that's caused by a clot, one that could be fatal. but plavix helps save lives. plavix, taken with other heart medicines, goes beyond what other heart medicines do alone, to provide greateprotection against heart attack or stroke and even death by helping to keep blood platelets from sticking together and forming dangerous clots. ask your doctor iplavix is right for you. protection that helps save lives. [ female announcer ] certain genetic factors and some medicines, such as prilosec,
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school matchup in central indiana. jefferson and zionsville. but for some jefferson players, the helmets are unique. wired by purdue university's biomedical engineering department to measure the exact impact to their heads. it turns out to be far more than experts assumed. conventional wisdom had been that a hit more than 80 times the forcef avity, 80 gs, caused a concussion. >> the first practice, we were finding all of the players were taking hits at 80 to 120 gs relatively regularly. >> reporter: even when they don't cause concussions, the hits affect the brain. scans of those hit the most show abnormalities. and those players also had increased difficulty on standard mental tests. >> we are finding changes in brain function, even thoh the individual players aren't exhibiting symptoms. >> reporter: the good news is that the brain scans and testing turn to normal within nine
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months, but the research still raises two critical questions. will the brain changes affect the student's acemic ability and will they have problems later in life? the scientists say they don't have enough research to provide the answers. brandon, a senior at jefferson who volunteered for the study and had brain changes, says he has no intention of slowing down. >> since i'm smaller, i got a guy like 6'7going up against me, huge, i just head butt him. doesn't hurt me any. >> reporter: but his father is a bit more conceed. >> i know brandon goes helmet to helmet, not intentionally, but it happens. your brain is something you can't replace. >> reporter: the researchers say there is no cause for alarm. but a need for further study of a sport that'setting rougher even at the high school level. robert bazell, nbc news, new york. when we come back here tonight, thoughts from someone who has had it with the security hassle at u.s. airports. s. 3q
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haiti with the story of one man who is using his talents to teach people life-saving information. >> reporter: only 2% of the rubble has been removed since the earthquake. recovery seems to have stagnated and now there's the threat of disease. but there are small signs of hope. among them, the work of jerry moses. >> right now, jerry is probably one of the most followed celebrities in haiti. and he's followed because people walk by his work on every street in the city. >> reporter: well, jerry already had a reputation as a guerrilla artist, it was after the earthquake that his art took on a whole new purpose and social consciousness. his murals address many things. in a country where the illiteracy ratis 70% and ople get much of their information through pictures. there is still considerable fear anmisinformation about cholera in port-au-prie, where 1.3 million people still only have
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sheets and tarps for shelter. jerry hopes to change this. catholic relief services hired jerry to get the word out in a way the government hasn't been able to. >> this is extremely important. it came at a time where it was extremely necessary to act a act quickly and convey some good hygiene practices to the community and jerry was the right way to go. >> reporter: today's message, clean water can save lives. a message that resonates in a country where access to safe water is still aaily challenge. when people who walk by this now and they see this, what message do you want them to get? >> i want them to be sure that they wash their hands every day after everything that they do. [ inaudible ] >> i see mysf as a young artist trying to change the way of a beautiful and big country as ours. and i'm the one who will try to change it.
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only god can stop me. >> reporter: one young man looking to the future, hoping lift a struggling nation from its knees. dr. nancy snyderman, nbc news, port-au-prince, haiti. that's our broadcast for this wednesd night. thank you for being back here with us in new york. i'm brian williams. hope to see you back here tomorrow evening. good night. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.m


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